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Sentinel event notification system for occupational risks (SENSOR): recommendations for control of silica exposure at Woodbridge Sanitary Pottery Corporation, Woodbridge, New Jersey, Report No. CT- 171-11b.

Authors
Caplan-PE; Cooper-TC; Crouch-KG; Gideon-JA; Gressel-MG; McGlothlin-JD; Valiante-D
Source
NIOSH 1989 Jun; :1-79
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00188710
Abstract
An in depth survey of exposure to silica (14808607) dust at the Woodbridge Sanitary Pottery Corporation (SIC-3261), Woodbridge, New Jersey was conducted as a part of the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) cooperative effort. The facility manufactured vitreous china products, including toilet bowls and lavatories. Personal and area atmospheric sampling showed that personal exposures to respirable crystalline silica dust ranged from 0.12 to 0.18mg/m3 with at least half the samples exceeding the NIOSH recommended exposure limit of 0.05mg/m3 for crystalline silica. The workers in the Slip House suffered the highest exposures, where area concentrations averaged 0.38mg/m3. Of the other three areas, casting, glaze spraying, and glaze preparation, the highest personal exposures were in the glaze spraying area where 67 percent of the personal samples exceeded the OSHA permissible exposure limits for respirable dust. Ergonomic evaluations were conducted to determine lifting hazards at several workstations. The authors conclude that there were excessive exposures to respirable silica dust and respirable dust. There was also a high risk of lost time injuries from manual handling of heavy loads. The authors recommend that improvements be made in the design and maintenance of ventilation control systems, workstations, and work practices.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; CT-171-11b; Region-2; Ceramics-industry; Control-technology; Air-quality-monitoring; Dust-control; Silica-dusts
CAS No.
14808-60-7
Publication Date
19890601
Document Type
Field Studies; Control Technology
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-227847
NTIS Price
A06
Identifying No.
CT-171-11b
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches; Control-technology
SIC Code
3261
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
NJ; OH
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